Diversi-tees mentoring

Mentee Timetable
  • Apply to scheme
    Apply to the Diversi-tees scheme. On receipt of application form you will be invited to attend an informal interview about the scheme.
  • Induction
    Complete pre-induction questionnaire. Attend induction event – everyone on the scheme attends an induction event. This tells you all about the scheme, prepares you for meeting your mentor and helps you get the most out of the scheme.
  • First meeting
    Arrange and hold the first meeting with your mentor. Once the first meeting has been held, a further four meetings are held before the scheme ends in August.
  • Evaluation
    All mentees are required to evaluate the scheme by completing an end of scheme questionnaire. The questionnaire has been designed to help us evaluate the impact of the scheme on mentees development.
A mentee's view

'My Diversi-tees mentor recommended me for a project with Cleveland Police' Annette Bostock .
Find out more about how the scheme helped Annette develop her employer network.

Applications are ongoing

Why be mentored?

Diversi-tees enhances the career prospects of students from groups who may be at a disadvantage in the graduate employment market. To be eligible you must be from one of the following groups:

  • black and minority ethnic students
  • care leavers
  • disabled students
  • lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender
  • mature students (21+ on entry to undergraduate study).

Note: all applicants must be UK or European Union students or have unrestricted right to live and work in the UK.

Priority will be given to students who meet the eligibility criteria. Other students will be considered when mentors are available.

How you will benefit

  • It’s a great opportunity to get an insight into a particular career or organisation you are interested in, and to find out what employers are looking for.
  • You are introduced to other professionals who can help develop your knowledge, business awareness and confidence.
  • You learn more about yourself and develop your employability skills which can make you more competitive in the graduate job market.
  • It can help put your studies into context through seeing theory applied in the workplace.
    Mitesh Lakhani benefited from the Diversi-tees scheme and secured a job with the Serious Fraud Office

How do I apply?

Gillian Bulmer
Teesside University Careers Service
Department of Academic Enterprise
P3.10, Phoenix Building

T: 01642 738317
E: G.Bulmer@tees.ac.uk

Frequently asked questions

I'm not confident about meeting new people, can you help?

The scheme helps you develop confidence in new situations. We can talk to you about any specific issues that cause you concern and address these. For example, we can provide support before your first meeting with your mentor or arrange for you to see a member of the well-being team to develop your confidence.

How will I be matched with a mentor?

Once your application form has been received a member of the Diversi-tees team will arrange to meet with you and discuss what you hope to get from the scheme and any particular needs and interests that you have. Possible matches will be drawn up from the list of available mentors and the best possible match will be made.

What if my mentor is from a different career area?

Although we will try to match you with a mentor from a career area in which you are interested this is not always possible or necessary. We will match you with an experienced mentor who will help you develop a range of skills to help make the transition into work and may introduce you to colleagues in your career area.

What if I don’t get on with my mentor?

It is very unusual that a Diversi-tees mentoring relationship does not work out. If there are any issues that you are unhappy with, the Diversi-tees team are always here for support. We will look at a range of options with you in dealing with issues that occur.

How can I use my experience when applying for jobs?

The scheme helps you develop your employability skills to get a head start in your career. We look at the ways you can develop your CV and application forms to reflect this at the first progress meeting.